George Washington (10-10) at Duquesne (7-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 6, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406) -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: GWU 5-5. Duquesne 6-4. Away Record: GWU 4-5, Duquesne 1-9. Neutral Record: GWU 1-0, Duquesne 0-1. Conference Record: GWU 4-3, Duquesne 0-7. Series Record: GWU leads, 43-27.
GAMES NOTES: Still in search of their first conference victory, the Duquesne Dukes host the George Washington Colonials in an Atlantic 10 Conference tussle at the Palumbo Center on Wednesday night.
George Washington had won three straight games before an 80-71 setback against La Salle on Saturday. The loss evened the Colonials' overall record at 10-10, while dropping their league mark to just 4-3. In away contests George Washington has battled to a 4-5 ledger but will next face a tough home test against No. 14 Butler.
As for Duquesne its last time out ended in yet another loss as the Dukes were taken out by St. Bonaventure, 68-60. The loss was the ninth straight loss for the Dukes and the seventh in as many ties against league foes. On the season the Dukes have twice as many losses as wins with a record of 7-14. Duquesne has managed a 6-4 mark at the Palumbo Center but it has lost its last two there. Duquesne will host Xavier next.
Duquesne had won four straight meetings with George Washington before the Colonials picked up a 56-51 victory last season. The Colonials lead the all- time series 43-27, although the Dukes have an 18-16 edge when the teams match up in Pittsburgh.
Points from beyond the arc were crucial in George Washington's loss to La Salle. The Colonials had as many attempts from 3-point range as the Explorers had 3-point field goals with 11. George Washington hit on just three of those attempts and lost despite holding the Explorers to 42.6 percent shooting overall, while hitting on 49.1 percent of their own shots.
Despite the efforts of Isaiah Armwood (12.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg), George Washington has largely struggled on the offensive end of the floor.. The Colonials are only netting 66.2 points per game, which is the one of the four worst marks in the Atlantic 10 this season. Still the Colonials have managed to stay afloat by holding teams to 62.8 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting on the defensive end of the floor. Armwood is one of just two players on the roster scoring in double figures, fitting in as the second best rebounder in the Atlantic 10. Patricio Garino (10.0 ppg) is the only other player putting in more than 9.5 points per game.
Both teams really lit it up from 3-point range in Duquesne's loss to St. Bonaventure. The two teams combined to knock down 23 3-pointers with the Dukes contributing 11. However the Dukes had two fewer total field goals and a 12-9 deficit from the free-throw line.
Duquesne can boast a bit better offensive production than the Colonials. Duquesne is scoring 68.3 points per game despite shooting at the third worst percentage from the field among Atlantic 10 squads (.412). Where the Dukes have been falling short is on the defensive end where they are being lit up for 74.1 points per game. Sean Johnson (13.0 ppg) and Derrick Colter (12.7 ppg, 5.0 apg) lead the way as a solid one-two punch in the backcourt. Kadeem Pantophlet (5.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg) is one of the better rebounders on the squad but suffers from a poor shooting percentage (.383). Quevyn Winters (8.2 ppg) has made the bulk of his contributions coming off the bench.
The Colonials should be able to find a bit more offensive success against the porous Dukes who will struggle if George Washington plays to its capability on the defensive end.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: George Washington 69, Duquesne 63
02/06 10:36:08 ET